Quote from SpankedInPittsburgh
I agree that this Nurse messed up. They agreed to the terms and conditions of a monitoring program then within a short time they violated that agreement. I'm sure the nice people who run his / her program will extract their bloody pound of flesh for those sins against nursing.
I think the larger question is "where does a BON get off punishing somebody for a DUI 6 years before they became a Nurse". Is there any evidence that this nurses "substance abuse problem" had any impact upon his ability to care for his patients? This is over-reaching non-sense run by that which is the worst in nursing. Over-controlling, mean, holier than thou Nurses who have strived a lifetime to be placed in a position of control on such a body as a BON. The "leadership" in this profession is putrid
Regarding the BON, I completely agree with you, actually. Yet, this is the boat that we are all sinking in and while change most definitely needs to happen, I think it’s safe to say that it’s not going to happen in time to help any of us under their thumb at the moment. I personally would like to see a substance abuse practitioner on the Board to give the other members some perspective on what is and isn’t a present problem.
My deep concern is that my program in VA only has a paltry 34% success rate of graduating nurses/health care providers after the mandatory 5 years. That statistic is both tragic and disheartening to say the least. No one in the BON or the program should take pride in that statistic. It should embarrass them. I’m sure it doesn’t.
That is where I was coming from in my post; not my personal perspective of the OP, but a simple statement of what the BON would probably be thinking. I reiterate, not what I personally think of the OP.
In my opinion, the Board and VA HPMP gives zero f***s about the success of their program. If they cared in the slightest, their numbers would be hella closer to the national averages which tend to be in the 60-70%.
When I started, I howled and kicked and screamed eventually ran out of steam because...well, no one but me cared. It was actually hurting their view of me, the more I fought. Literally, no one gave a flying flip and I quickly realized that we are all completely lumped into this giant pot, and if we want our licenses, we play or we are played. It’s quite simple.
The point is that regardless of how I got here, or the OP, or anybody else...craptastic...we are all here. And the stakes are extremely high.
Now I have to think LIKE the monitoring program and the BON when I make decisions if I want to make it out. In VA, a whopping 66% FAIL. That’s abysmal. That took most of my hope.
And they told us newbies that stat with a straight face walking in the door of my program as my peers and I sat around a conference room table staring, jaws hanging in defeat. They directly told me that I am statistically destined to fail. Nurses literally began to weep. They are the coldest of the cold in our profession.
I guess ultimately, no... I can’t exactly relate to the OP personally, because regardless of how pissed I was or how unfair I thought it was from day one, I knew that I had to play the game. I was VERY well warned. And while I don’t hold myself in the high regards that I used to, the folks down at the BON put the fear of god and hell in me...enough so that I chose to follow the rules, even when I thought at the time that they shouldn’t apply to me.
And directly to the OP, I was only trying to paint a picture of what might happen and how the Board might see it. I make no judgements on your alcohol use because I don’t know you.
The BON has its agenda and it’s not to hold our hands in a supportive gesture during this process. I tried to paint a picture of how the Board might see it, and it came out uncaring. I’m so sorry. I really am.
And to the OP, as an olive branch to you...everybody screws up...some get caught, some don’t. Some are very small and ridiculous to even be thought of as “screw ups”. Some are bigger and can devastate a contract. And finally, some people with bonafide problems truly relapse. The Board tends to react to them all similarly, which is of course a fault.
We do nurture each other here, but sometimes we do dig to try to find out what the person was thinking when they chose to break a contract...not because we don’t care, but because the stakes are ever so very high. Sometimes we are cold in the delivery of what we estimate the consequences may be. I’m a bit jaded and my post reflects that. OP, I am sorry.
I don’t want to be in the 66% of VA nurses who fail. And I don’t want you to be either. But neither do I want to be that jaded nurse who can’t muster any empathy for someone in the same boat. I’m sorry that my post sounded cold...because it did sound cold.
The BON is very cold and robotic. I don’t need to be and I I didn’t need to add to that. OP, you have my apologies.